Cultural activity during the festive season

If you’re celebrating the festive season in Wakefield, the arts & cultural scene will be buzzing with wonderful events.

Here are some of the highlights…..
Sleeping Beauty


Wakefield Theatre Royal, Thursday 24 November – Saturday 31 December

Wakefield’s very own panto returns for another year, featuring all the fun, laughter, music and drama you’ve come to love.

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WALLPAPER : hope, fear and digital fiction launch event

The Art House, Thursday 17 November 16.00–18.00

Join One to One Development for the launch of WALLPAPER, an immersive digital fiction work exhibited as a large scale projection and virtual reality experience. As the reader/player of WALLPAPER, your task is to explore the house examining forgotten heirlooms and personal artefacts, to slowly reveal the story of PJ and a family history of unfulfilled hopes and hidden fears.

Come along to find out more about the project and future events.

Free | Booking required

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Wakefield Jazz Christmas Party

Friday 9 December

A Swinging Affair with Claire Martin, Ray Gelato and the David Newton Trio

Our Christmas Party – A three set gig starting at 8:00pm, with a buffet meal in the first interval and a monster raffle in the second.

If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging then this is for you.

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Nostell Priory
Get your creative juices flowing at Nostell this season with a range of creative workshops, from paper craft to festive felting. Pick up handmade goodies at the craft fair and plan your Christmas with events and activities for all the family, including Family Festive Fun activities, Meeting Father Christmas or how about a Christmas Eve wintry walk followed by something warming in the café.

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Wakefield Artwalk: Studio Tours & Events

Wednesday 30 November, 5 – 9pm

The Artwalk is an alternative night out. It exists to showcase local, national and international talent in a whole range of settings. Not only will you experience great Art, it’s also your chance to see more of the city, discovering new venues and revisiting old favourites. You will get a unique opportunity to gain insight into practising artists based in Wakefield and beyond, whilst meeting new people in a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere.

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National Coal Mining Museum for England


Christmas @ Pit
Join the festive fun at the Museum with family-friendly activities such as Santa Underground, Under 5’s Christmas Fun Day & the Christmas Wishes Family Workshop. Get in the Christmas spirit with the Kirkwood Hospice Christmas Experience weekend and the glorious Festive Brass Band night. Delicious festive treats will tempt your tastebuds in the café. Don’t miss the Special Exhibition: A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’ on until 18 January 2017 exploring how acts of generosity by total strangers made Christmas possible for families of striking miners in 1984.

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The Hepworth Wakefield

Christmas Market
Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 November, 10-5pm, FREE ENTRY

‘One of Britain’s best Christmas markets’ The Guardian
‘One of the top 10 Christmas markets in the North’ Creative Tourist

Featuring a handpicked selection of some of the UK’s most exciting designers, printers and makers. Find the perfect Christmas gift and fill your stockings with beautiful ceramics, unique prints, jewellery, handmade crafts, homeware and much more! Meet Father Christmas & enjoy family-friendly activities.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Get into the festive spirit this winter at YSP with an abundance of activities and events for all the family, glorious food and a treasure trove of treats in the YSP Shop to meet all your Christmas shopping needs.

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Unity Works


Check out Unity’s December events and get in the Christmas party spirit! Unity Works brings you the best New Years party around. The evening will be held in their stunning Major Hall and jam packed with the best Funk, Soul, Motown and Northern Soul floor fillers.

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Crux, Providence Street, Wakefield


Crux is a brand new creative space at 15 – 19 Providence Street, Wakefield. WE ARE and the Crux crew have been transforming the space into a creative centre for music, art and co working.

Dates for your diary: Wednesday 7 December – Christmas Quiz Night, Friday 9 December – The Spills EP Launch, Thursday 15th – Film Night

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